Local History

19 November 2015

Residents of Alan's beloved home city recently marked the 300th anniversary of the Battle of Preston – the last major conflict to be fought on English soil

12 November 2015

Alan Crosby stumbled across a rather unusual set of Victorian birth announcements when rifling through some old newspapers earlier this month

05 November 2015

During some recent research, Alan Crosby discovered an interesting account of how Bonfire Night was celebrated in 19th-century Lancashire

02 November 2015

Although some family historians have questioned the price for access to the 1939 Register, Sarah Williams suspects it's inevitable for vast digitisation projects

02 November 2015

It's the biggest online data release for English and Welsh genealogy since the 1911 census. Find out more about today's release of the 1939 Register and how it could help your research.

29 October 2015

The work of local archivists in the wake of the Shoreham Airshow tragedy reminds us how vital it is that we preserve the present, says Alan Crosby

23 October 2015

Frances pays a visit to Seaton Delaval Hall, where she discovers that her ancestors also had a love of theatre

23 October 2015

Read our handy summary of Francis de la Tour's episode of Who Do You Think You Are?, which was first broadcast on 22 October 2015

22 October 2015

The current series of Who Do You Think You Are? draws to a close with Frances de la Tour. But what else do we know about the award-winning actor?

22 October 2015

Frances de la Tour's episode promises scandalous stories from the past – something that never fails to pique our interest, says columnist Alan Crosby

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